CASIO

Casio is a watch and electronics company based in Japan. Casio was founded in 1946 by the engineer Tadao Kashio. Famous for its sturdy and functional calculators Casio soon started producing watches, among them the extremely popular Casio calculator watch. In 1983 the first Casio G-Shock watch hit market. In 1999 Casio sold the first GPS sensor watch, in 2000 Casio released the world's first wrist watch with a camera, laying the foundation for smart watches. Since 200 Casio also produces small radio controlled solar powered watches. Today the most successful Casio brand is G-Shock with prices up to $1,000 or more for the high-end G-Shock models. Casio watches are accompanied by Casio phones, Casio keyboards, Casio cameras and the Casio calculator watch is still in existence as well. Among the most requested watches are the Casio pathfinder, Casio edifice. For some collectors Casio vintage watches and used Casio or replica Casio watches are desirable objects, including Casio retro and retro Casio watches. Most aficionados purchase Casio watches for men and often look for Casio watch bands to enhance their collection. WatchTime covers Casio quartz watches news, including Casio G-Shock watches, G-Shock watch updates and Edifice watches from Casio. WatchTime also covers Casio reviews, interviews with Casio staff and other Casio experts. Casio watches are among the most popular watches in the affordable watches category. Read more about a certain Casio watch and Casio watches such as the Casio Calculator watch, Casio gold watch, Casio Frogman, Casio watches for men, Casio digital watch, Casio illuminator watch, Casio GPS watch, Casio Solar watch and Casio Pathfinder. We also are the right platform for fans of the Casio calculator watch and the Casio Mudman as well as Casio a168 models.

Look, Ma, No Hands: 10 Watches That Tell Time Differently

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The vast majority of watches stick to traditional hour and minute hands to display the time, but a handful of bold manufacturers use their technical prowess to find new, innovative, and often downright audacious methods to indicate the hours, minutes, and occasionally even other functions. Below is a list of unusual watches that deviate from the conventional time-telling style, finding creative alternatives to hour and minute hands. … [Read more...]

Star Time: 13 Celebrity-Branded Sports Watches

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There is no shortage of celebrities, many of them celebrity athletes, who serve as "brand ambassadors" for watch brands, appearing in ads and attending events wearing their watches. However, a few of these stars go the extra mile, giving input and often even becoming involved in the design process, for special celebrity watches to which they lend their names. Below is a list of 12 celebrity watches developed in honor of, and named for, their famous representatives. … [Read more...]

Watch Review: Montblanc TimeWalker TwinFly Chronograph

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In this feature from our February 2013 issue, we take a look at the Montblanc TimeWalker TwinFly Chronograph, with its two central elapsed-time flyback hands; original photos provided by Zuckerfabrik Fotodesign. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M GMT GoodPlanet

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In 2005 Omega launched its Planet Ocean collection, a second collection of dive watches, positioned above its Seamaster Professional collection (the James Bond watch) and it has been a huge success since Day One. The Seamaster Planet Ocean is available in two sizes, 42-mm and 45.5-mm, and in 2011 Omega introduced the Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph 9300, which we at Monochrome Watches reviewed and photographed for you here. Two years later, in 2013, Omega introduced the long-expected … [Read more...]

Which Watch Brands Spent the Most on Advertising in 2013?

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As we reveal in our July-August issue, on sale July 15, watch brands spent almost half a billion dollars on advertising in the U.S in 2013. The total was $492.68 million: a record high, and up 23.3 percent from the 2012 total. That figure comes from Kantar Media, which each year compiles estimates of ad spending for a range of different products. The figures for 2013 signal that the U.S. watch market is still growing, especially as Swiss luxury brands turn their sights back from China to this … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: My Top 10 Chronograph Watch Movements; What Are Yours?

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A while back, I wrote an article on my top 5 iconic chronograph watches. Some of you readers wondered why Zenith wasn’t in there. Quite simply, it didn't make my personal Top 5. However, I do love the Zenith El Primero movement, and think that its reputation as a great chronograph caliber is well-earned. So, to make it up for some of you fellow watch nerds out there, I've compiled a Fratello Friday article that focuses specifically on chronograph movements rather than watches. Here is my … [Read more...]

Watches at Wimbledon 2014: Who Wears What

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Wimbledon 2014 rolls on, and, as many watch aficionados and tennis fans know, some of the tournament's biggest stars are also "brand ambassadors" for some watch brand or other. So which watch will we see on the wrist of the eventual men's and ladies' Wimbledon champs at the trophy presentation this year? We don't know yet, but here's a primer on which tennis players wear which timepieces. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: Collecting the World’s Smallest Dive Watches

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There is good news for all those watch enthusiasts struggling with watch sizes beyond 42 mm... and even better news for boys-at-heart that occasionally recall their beloved Hasbro “G.I. Joe Hard Hat Diver” figure from 1968 (that's Ref. 7620, should you be wondering about it right now): Not unlike the available after-market parts and accessories for our beloved watches, there are also a lot of accessories available for those 12-inch action figures. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: The New Edox Hydro Sub “North Pole” Limited Edition

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One of the more unusual new dive watches presented at this year’s Baselworld was Edox’s re-interpreted Hydro Sub. It is unusual mostly because of its movable, orange crown protector, which brings a very distinctive look to an otherwise very close remake of an Edox watch from 1965, but also because it will be the official timekeeper of an expedition by free diver Christian Redl to the geographic North Pole in February 2015. Redl will attempt the first-ever free dive under the North Pole’s … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: Discover the Most Dangerous Dive Watch Ever Made

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A couple of weeks ago, the watch brand Artya presented a fold-out knife strap buckle for its eccentric range of watches (which the brand's own representatives refer to as “crazy projects,” occasionally). The idea instantly reminded me of an unfortunately much more serious attempt at bringing together two iconic Swiss products: the Safari dive watch from the 1970s. And even though it was the Victorinox Swiss Army brand (which happens to be celebrating its 25th anniversary of making … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: New Breitling Chronomat Airborne Watches

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The iconic Breitling Chronomat pilots’ watch turns 30 this year. To mark the occasion, Breitling has released four new models of the Breitling Chronomat Airborne collection, in two case sizes, at Baselworld 2014. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Casio Introduces Two New Pro Trek Watches

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At the Baselworld 2014 fair this week, Casio brought out two new additions to the Pro Trek family of watches, which are designed for rugged use in the outdoors. The PRG270B and the PRW6000Y both feature updated versions of Casio’s Triple Sensor system, along with a number of other features. Let’s take a look at each of them in turn. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Casio Unveils New G-Shock with GPS Technology

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Among Casio’s new product releases presented to the press at Baselworld is a new, analog G-Shock watch that combines GPS information and radio wave signals. This marks the first time that Casio has incorporated GPS technology into a G-Shock watch. The watch, called the GPW1000, will be able to synchronize to GPS and smartphone devices and to check its own timekeeping accuracy against satellites and atomic timekeeping signals. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: Patek Philippe to Unveil New Booth at Baselworld 2014

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Baselworld 2014 is almost upon us, and I have continued to preview new watches and cover other news on my blog, Watch-Insider.com. This week Patek Philippe, one of Baselworld's most popular exhibitors, announced that it will be debuting an all-new booth at the fair. … [Read more...]

Camo and Chrono: 7 New Casio G-Shock Watches

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Fans and collectors of Casio G-Shock watches now have seven more reasons to make room on their shelves and wrists. The brand has launched three new styles of Casio G-Shock watches — an all-analog chronograph, an analog-digital chrono, and a military-style, camouflage-pattern all-digital model — available in a total of seven new color schemes. … [Read more...]

Hublot Breaks Ground on Its New Manufacture

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To accommodate its continued growth, and to further assist in the verticalization of its watch production, Hublot began construction of a second building that will more than double the surface area of its existing manufacture in Nyon, Switzerland. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: The 5 Coolest Omega Constellation Watches

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I've covered lots of Omega Seamasters and Speedmasters — the brand's most popular families — in my series of Fratello Friday columns on Omega, but let’s not forget about the Constellation. Although the current Constellation is popular mostly in Asia, past models were considered to be the brand's flagships just about everywhere. This week's article reveals my five favorite Omega Constellation timepieces of all time. … [Read more...]

New Casio Sports Watch is Compatible With iPhone Fitness Apps

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Casio, which launched its first Casio G-Shock watch with Bluetooth technology in 2011, introduced the latest generation in its series of smartphone-compatible watches at last week's 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Casio STB-1000 uses Bluetooth v4.0, with low-energy wireless technology, to enable wearers to check personal fitness data from popular mobile apps, operate a music player on a smartphone, and more. … [Read more...]

Advertisement: ARRI DoP*1 Limited Edition — The Cinematographer’s Watch

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There are countless wristwatches on the market catering to specialty technical fields, such as aviation, diving, race-car driving and engineering, but none that had ever been specifically designed for professional photographers, and offering a countdown-to-zero function. … [Read more...]

Breaking the Mold: 5 Offbeat Watches from Baselworld

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Contrary to popular belief, Baselworld is not just a steady stream of tourbillons, chronographs, and watches that are mostly black. The show does play host to some individualists who create watches that are outside the mainstream. Some are newcomers, and some return year after year, reliably delighting us with their unique vision. In this feature from WatchTime's October 2013 issue, we take a look at a few of their creations. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: 4 Vintage Omega Watches Under $1,000

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WatchTime has asked me to publish a series of blog posts about Omega watches. As you probably know by now, on Fratellowatches.com we have a Speedmaster topic every Tuesday, called Speedy Tuesday. A successful series of articles also resulted in a "Speedy Tuesday" Event (photo report here) at the official ‘Space Expo’ visitors' center  of the European Space Agency in The Netherlands. However, the Speedmaster is just one of many models in the Omega catalog. … [Read more...]

Seiko Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection

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These days, watch brands view just about any anniversary as an opportunity to issue a limited edition. This proliferation diminishes the impact of truly significant anniversaries. This year, Seiko is celebrating one of them with this week's Watch to Watch, which comes to us from WatchTime's October 2013 issue. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: Top 10 Chronograph Movements, Part 2

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In last week's Fratello Friday article, I revealed the first five choices in my personal list of top 10 chronograph movements. This week, I cover the remaining five. Once again, a reminder that these are my personal favorites, based on my own experiences and tastes as a watch collector of more than 15 years. Professional watchmakers and other experts may disagree with my choices, and I am by no means a professional watchmaker. And, as always, I am happy to hear others' opinions on the … [Read more...]

Gift Ideas for a “Wet” Christmas: 23 Divers’ Watches

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Last week we helped you pick out a watch for the lady in your life, guiding you to our recent posts covering 25 ladies' watches. This week we're looking at 23 divers' watches covered on Watchtime.com. Follow the links below to find some great gift ideas for the divers and water sports enthusiasts on your holiday gift list. In our list of 6 Extreme Divers’ Watches, we look at six divers' watches that can withstand extreme depths, including watches that go as deep as 4,000 meters, like the … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: Everyone Needs at Least One, Right? My Top 5 Digital Watches

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Perhaps it is a bit like cursing in a church when discussing digital watches on a site devoted primarily to luxury watches, but I am certain that everyone should own at least one. Why? Firstly, as a reference watch that you can use to set all your other timepieces; secondly, because the digital watch does have its own place in horological history. Being a child of the 1980s, I grew up with a black plastic Casio as my first wristwatch. In 1985, when I was eight years old, I received it – … [Read more...]

Advertisement: Hublot and Ferrari – The Art of Fusion

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Brought together through a shared passion for technique and a common consumer base, watch and car manufacturers have a long history of joining forces. While it seems that every notable watchmaker has aligned itself with a top automobile brand, one of today’s most visible partnerships is that of Hublot and Ferrari. … [Read more...]

Horological Hoopsters: More NBA Stars Endorse Watch Brands

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As we approach the start of the NBA season, we are reminded that Lebron James — who recently teamed with Audemars Piguet to create a personalized watch — isn't the only hardcourt hero to join forces with a watch brand. IWC and Tissot have introduced collaborations in recent weeks with, respectively, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks and Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs. At an event at its flagship boutique on New York's Madison Avenue, IWC announced Anthony as an official "Friend … [Read more...]

Advertisement: Hublot Big Bang Aero Bang Depeche Mode

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Hublot and Depeche Mode have come together in a joint fundraising initiative to benefit charity: water, a non-profit organization which brings clean, safe drinking water to the developing world. In honor of the partnership, Hublot designed the limited-edition Big Bang Aero Bang Depeche Mode — with a portion of the proceeds of each watch directly benefiting the charity. … [Read more...]

Casio Watch Confidential: The Inside Story of the Casio G-Shock and Other Casio Watches

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Download this FREE feature from the WatchTime magazine archives and learn more about the world of Casio watches! There aren’t a lot of non-mechanical watches that have inspired excitement among collectors, but Casio watches – particularly the famous G-Shock — are among the rare exceptions. And even diehard fans of Swiss mechanicals are impressed with Casio’s technological prowess. Casio has never made, and has no plans to make, a traditional, mechanical watch. However, what makes … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: 8 Watches for Friday the 13th

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This week, Fratello Friday falls on a Friday the 13th. For the occasion, I thought it would be fun to highlight eight watches that have the number ‘13’ in their reference number — admittedly, an unusual method for generating a list of watches, and the results were somewhat surprising; before I started searching for "13" in the strings of characters that make up watch reference numbers, I didn't know what would pop up. … [Read more...]